Kanonge, Silengane take over
BANTU Rovers are revelling in glory following a successful season in which they dominated all competitions by winning all age-group titles from the Under-14s up to the senior team which landed the Zifa Southern Region Division One League title.
Rovers, formed in 2008, comfortably won the Zifa Bulawayo Province Junior League Serie A Under-14, 16 and 18 titles, while their first team were crowned regional champions after beating Amagagasi 1-0 in Victoria Falls on the last day of the season.
Wilbert Sibanda, Rovers’ general manager, said they were enjoying the fruits of investing in junior development and his club would strive to be the best institution in grooming young talent.
He said Rovers’ best performing group were the Under-18s, who won the league title without losing a game, replicating their 2011 “golden generation”, A SENIOR Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services officer Rosemary Kanonge and former Zimbabwe Referees’ Committee boss Samukeliso Silengane were yesterday elected unopposed as Zimbabwe Women’s Football chairperson and deputy chairperson respectively.
Barbra Chikosi and Samukeliso Ndlovu were also elected unopposed as executive committee members, while Luckmore Marufu and Brightwell Kadenge will go into the polls for one of the two remaining committee members’ slots in elections set for this Saturday in Harare.
Kanonge, a senior assistant commissioner in the ZPCS, will now automatically get a chair on the Zifa executive committee, while Silengane and three other women executive members become members of the Zifa Assembly.
“A by-election to be contested for by women only will be held in due course in order to satisfy the required quota of four women within the Zifa Assembly,” said Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela last night.
Silengane makes a return to mainstream football since her suspension by the Cuthbert Dube administration over the Centralgate scandal that also claimed the scalps of then Southern Region boss Gift Banda and referee Cosmos Nyoni.
Silengane had taken over the reins in the referees’ committee, replacing veteran referee Kenny Marange, who had suffered a similar fate over match-fixing allegations.
Kanonge takes over from Miriam Sibanda, who was suspended before being pardoned, but did not seek re-election. Long standing administrator Elizabeth Langa has been in charge of women’s football in an acting capacity, but she too did not seek to run for office. CASTLE Lager Premier Soccer League title hopefuls FC Platinum resumed training yesterday, with club spokesperson Chido Chizondo saying they were ready for the remaining two games of the campaign after recharging their batteries.
FC Platinum are second on the league table with 55 points, two behind leaders Caps United, and need nothing other than a victory when they take on Highlanders at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane on Sunday to keep their title hopes alive.
The platinum miners won the reverse fixture at Barbourfields Stadium, beating Bosso 2-1, and will be aiming to complete a double over a side that also fancies its faint championship hopes.
FC Platinum go into Sunday’s game smarting from a 1-3 loss to Ngezi Platinum Stars in the final of the Chibuku Super Cup, a result which Chizondo said was now water under the bridge.
She downplayed the championship fight, saying they don’t want to put pressure on their players.
Besides recharging, FC Platinum also hope midfielder Winston Mhango and striker Charles Sibanda, who missed the final against Ngezi Platinum due to injuries sustained in a road accident, will return for Sunday’s clash.
The platinum miners clearly missed Mhango’s grit in midfield against Ngezi Platinum as well as Sibanda’s mazy runs and his goal poaching prowess in the Chibuku Super Cup final.
Chizondo said Mhango and Sibanda did light training last week.
“It depends on what the physiotherapist says about their recovery, but they were progressing well. Obviously we would love to have them back but it all depends on the physiotherapist’s recommendations after today’s training,” she said.
While FC Platinum’s preparations for the Highlanders encounter look set to be boosted by Mhango and Sibanda’s return, their opponents’ problems seem to be piling.
Speedy forward Gabriel Nyoni picked up a hamstring injury in a friendly against Chicken Inn last Saturday, * Three points deducted for use of a suspended player — @ZililoR.